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14.3 - 2

Then hyenas gnawing… a long leg

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rhino (white rhino), squirrel

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fish eagle and a very big troupe of buffalos in the river bed with a baby testing her new imminent horns with mum

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some people "going to the mushrooms".
At a dam a baby hippo with mum and elephants.
On the bridge (near Skukuza) another trio

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A common duiker, odd giraffe

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terrapins, bulbul, impalas going towards me

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Then....near wind mill De Laporte.....

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Near wind mill De Laportea a pile of 2 lions and 3-4 lioness

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The bungalow was really luxurious (the most luxurious till now...but expensive), near the restaurant and near the point of meeting, who was the swimming pool. The view... oh... the view...

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Elephants was grassing and bathing in the river bed,

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vervet was spy on

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and stripe mongooses running around and digging

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I meet Aboon and SO, who was waiting for "aircon".

I did't know I have to bring something to eat and drink… so I had time to return in "my" fridge to get "chicken ready to braii".

I met some well know people, like Restio (Freda), Boorgatspook, Ralph, Freda (Restio), Nedret, DinkyBird, (Hawk, CC), and a lot of other (I don’t' remember all the name…). I thank the musketeer who was busy with my curlpaper,

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and apologize for my early departure. I was so tired, 4 weeks in the park and almost 5000 km… I have to sleep early, and tomorrow I have to return north, to Olifants, again some km and a little bit sad… the last days in the park…

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Olifants 15/16/17.3.2008 bungalow No 1 – Ludwig bungalow :wink:

15.3 - 1

I leave Skukuza with regrets, "my" bungalow was so nice, so luxury, I don't take the time to have advantage and I miss the cricket… but Olifants is far away…

I took the tar roads just before Satara and then "the pupils way" (le chemin des écoliers) H6 and S41, and again S100, H14, H8 a very long way, but productive.

First, here you are the sunrise

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with a crusty detail

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En route, I saw kudu, 2 rhinos, baby hippo,

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vulture.

At Mazithi dam, goliath heron, hamerkop fishing, young fish eagle trying to fish

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and then lions on the road,

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staying some time and disappear into the bush

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15.3 - 2

Then I saw a grey hornbill, very shy bird opposite to her yellow brothers, and at least have a picture… from the back :evil: , in a dust's cloud, somebody arrived :twisted: (as usual) and he flew away, and impalas fighting, again a Sarpe's grysbock, carmine bee eater, a so beautiful coloured bird and normal game.

And again a poor giraffe, a young one, very shy, with a swelling leg, front left leg, maybe only a sprain .. I hope

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Then I saw very busy zebra's meeting

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family of warthog and a couple of saddle billed stork "en amour", some beautiful parades

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and buffalos, zebras, ground hornbill

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At Ngontso dam, some elephants, which one, I think, hold interesting tusks

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Then elephants from the bridge with a little one, tortoise, hippos.

A very big windstorm got up, impossible to do a fire, it was too dangerous. During the night I have to wedge the door with a chair, too much noise for sleeping…
And… the morning after… :? the best view of the park was…

à suivre…

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16.3 - 1

The sky was low and sad this morning, the river very upset

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but no rain, and the wind a little bit less strong, thanks goodness, I have a river walk :D

The first animal I saw was a millepede

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And then, en route for the walk, hyenas who, as per the guides, who laugh a lot, killed one of their baby

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indeed guides don't like hyenas :shock: .
If I'm not wrong, same thing arrived for lions and certainely other animals...

The river walk was easy compared to the morning walk, flat… down by the river side ( :wink: ). We saw hippos, not so far away

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and you can saw the swirl of the water and the colour

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after this terrible night :?

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16.3 - 2

After a little rest I went to Satara (to buy some croissants :wink: ) through S44-S93-S46-H1-5 and return by the tar road, then S89-S90-S92.

I saw again a magnificent woodland kingfisher,

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a chameleon, who took her time to cross the road,

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much more than a tortoise, leopard or not :?
a double banded sandgrouse ,

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then a big herd of elephants crossing the road

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but any bad intention :wink:

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anne-marie wrote:
Thanks P@m :D
Yes, it will be interesting to know why some peoples, and guides don't like hyenas. Maybe somebody here can explain that, what hyenas have so bad reputation ?
Most of people believe they eat only carrions, but they are very good hunters, good mothers etc...

That’s like it is with so many things in life: People have their prejudices and follow them without being open for the real facts. Like you are saying they are good hunters and raise their young with the same love like the animals most people like more because “they are so cute”. At least till they are bitten by them for the first time . . .
Hyenas always get a bad reputation in any movie or has anybody seen a movie where the hero is taking care for or rescued by a hyena? If you come close to them, especially to the young ones, you discover their real beauty.

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16.3 - 3

On the return way I saw a yellow "coccinelle" (VW), nice car in the bush :shock: normal game, hyena, 2 kori bustard

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and again redback shrike , a lot of mosque swallow on the little bridge under Olifants river

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a beautiful target (wather buck) and, of course, flowers

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à suivre …

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While I'm listeting to the radio... Chelsea-Manchester (1-1) :)

17.3 - 1

Only 2 days in the park, only one night :cry:
Hardly after one km I saw one well hidden lion

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I waited about 30 min. to have a better place, only one another car and me, and when the car go, a third come and "stole" the place, another boor :twisted: . I said what I think, half in bad English, half in French and left the camp… thwart. The last days, I'm not to take with tweezers (pas à prendre avec des pincettes). :x

I saw a waterbuk cleaning her legs and hoofs

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a fish eagle gliding in the air, just over me, some beautiful landscape, half shadow, half sunny … the beginning of sadness to leave…strange discomfort… :(
Then normal game, and 2 big elephants walking along the road, a monitor

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another dwarf mongooses, after waiting a long time

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a second chameleon wich was a little more fast than the first one

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a family of ground hornbill, with a ringed young

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(I noted in the book at Satara).
And, and one more menacing elephant

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buffalos, elephants with interesting tusks, a tiny laughing elephant

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and this very nice big kudu, very well horned

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à suivre ...

Oups... 3 pictures too many... is for the English goals... :wink:
still 1-1 8) (22h08)

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17.3 - 2

Back "at home" I went to fix the last boring tyre (I will restore a good car) and washed it, more than 5300 km it was horrible, in good form, but dirty, dusty… and tomorrow, I promised, to myself :shock: to take only tar road :rtfm: ...

Then, I was busy with my luggage. I sort out all I would like to let here, for the staff… "my treasury". I can't carry nothing more and need place for lighter "souvenirs"… I thought :doh:
A really sad evening :cry:

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Today, I have to go to Phalaborwa :? through the tar road (H8/H1-5/H9) with a stop at Letaba and.. and..
a little detour at Sable dam, by the gravel road (S51) :shock: . Not a good idea for the car, but for me an obligatory stop, and rewarded stop. I can't left Kruger only through the tar road :x

A last view of Olifants river

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without fog from bungalow no 1 and a little bird who sang "goodbye"

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à suivre...

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18.3 - 2.

On the way, I saw the same lion like yesterday, I think, a little bit more hidden , a huge crocodile and then :shock:
only for me :shock:
a lion, a very thin lion, first I take a picture through the window, for fear of somebody arrived and vanish in the bush, :twisted: then tranquil I can observe he.
He look at me with a so sad glance

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and a little wound

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and disappear into the bush, more than 30 min. only for me :D

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At Letaba, I saw this beautiful bird

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At Nhlanganini one elephant without tail :shock: , and the last block, keep watch at me,

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drinking elephant direct from the tank

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and at Sable dam… HO… the final Image
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18.3 – 4 Sable Dam

A man was already here and tell me he saw about 600-700 elephants till now, and they come again, and again, and again, what an exit :shock:

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I almost forgotten that I have to go so far away, in winter, snow, no green leaves :cry:

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Sable dam... suite

I saw also bad mood Egyptian gooses

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a landing marabou stork,

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white faced duck

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tawny eagle

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what a final :dance:

à suivre... the departure...

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